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    In 2014, I Hereby Resolve

   refrain from responding, reacting, to engaging in any dialogue with any  extreme ideologue on any post, report, blog, tweet or comment. To do so  is a fool's errand. It is simply "casting pearls before swine".

    Trying  to have a real discussion or interact with an extreme ideologue, no  matter which end of the spectrum, is like ramming your head into an  immutable force. You keep doing it hoping that eventually you may make a  dent or create a crack, refusing to realize it is immutable. It don't  budge.

    It  doesn't matter how level-headed or logical your words or writings if it  doesn't match with the extreme ideologue's position, you are  automatically discounted and declared wrong. It doesn't matter how many  facts, statistics, irrefutable evidence are presented, the extreme  ideologue will promptly be dismissive.

    Both  ends of the spectrum of ideology claim to be open to dissussion, claim  to be seekers of the truth, claim to have a position on the higher  ground, but unless your perspective is 100% on par with the extreme  ideologue's you are living in a world of delusion. While each polar  opposite claims to be ready to see all sides, study all facets of a  given issue or concern, to the extreme ideologue, there is only one  side, there is only one facet. There are no shades, no contrasts, no  variations nor truth from both ends that can meet and match in the  middle.

    For  those of us who can see there is more than what is visible immediately  on the surface and that there are layers to peel through before finding  the gem in the center, we are dismissed and castigated. We, who are  open, are not wearing blinders, are labeled herectics, wishy-washy,  straddling the fence, unable to take a stand. This of course is as far  from the truth and reality as one can get.

    The  reality is those of us who can "see clearly now, the rain has gone" are  able to make informed decisions and make informed statements of belief  that encompasses all that is around us. We do stake a claim. We do fight  for what is right. We do hold our own.

    From  the Cornfield, in 2014, I hereby resolve to not engage in Don Quixote  quests of jousting with the windmills of extreme ideology.

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